- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Bantam USA; New edition edition (28 Sept. 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553120743
- ISBN-13: 978-0553120745
- Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,029,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
So Blue Marble Paperback – 28 Sep 1979
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'An author with a flair for terror' The New Yorker. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Dorothy B. Hughes was an acclaimed crime novelist and literary critic, her style falling into the hard-boiled and noir genres of mystery writing. Born in Kansas City, she studied journalism at the University of Missouri, and her initial literary output consisted of collections of poetry. Hughes' first mystery novel, The So Blue Marble, was published in 1940 and was hailed as the arrival of a great new talent in the field. Her writing proved to be both critically and commercially successful, and three of her novels - The Fallen Sparrow, Ride the Pink Horse and In a Lonely Place - were made into major films. Hughes' taught, suspenseful detective novels are reminiscent of the work of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding and fellow The Murder Room author Margaret Millar. In 1951, Hughes was awarded an Edgar award for Outstanding Mystery Criticism and, in 1978, she received the Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America. She died in Oregon in 1993. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I didn't believe in any of the characters and found their strangely casual behaviour quite baffling.
This is an early work and it shows. However, I don't regret reading it, as I still enjoyed the evocation of New York in the early 1940s. Also, although the book had many faults, at least it wasn't predictable.
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Unless you're unabashedly intent on reading Hughes' omnibus, I would recommend skipping this pathetic attempt at a suspense or mystery novel.